In this issue of our Xmas guide to essential vinyl buys we are revisiting the 90s (vastly overrated time if we talk about creativity in music) and paying tribute to two of the most important (and recently reissued) records that have defined the unstable continuity of decade's electronic and dance music. One is the "Old Testament" of ambient techno and the other is a perversely accessible collection of funerary nocturnes to one of decade's most feted sub-genres.Read More
If you have been browsing through the crates labeled Techno in the past couple of months there is a great chance you’ll end up with empty checking account by the end of the exercise. There’s really too much good techno music been released right now and quite a few classics come back in “fancied-up” packages after a long time being available for crazy buck via private collectors and traders. If selling your kidney is not an option here’s the Top 3 techno plates to carry you through the winter: compilation of top-notch Detroit electro, 90s techno-funk reissue and the forthcoming new album from modern electronic music auteur.Read More
Timely for the gifts-heavy season there is a real abundance of options available for crate diggers, collectors and music lovers to choose from. Be it jazz, 90's electornica, obscure synth-pop, techno, easy listening, minimal wave, krautrock, world music, electro or more heady experimental stuff, any tastes are easily satisfied nowadays.
Here is our guide to help in picking out the real gems. We'll start with jazz, minimal wave and synthpop.Read More
Re-branding of new age into legitimate music genre with respected heritage continues with the seminal reissue of one Brian Eno protégé Edward Larry Gordon's (more known as Laraaji) 1987 classic “Essence / Universe” and massive anthology on Seattle’s Light In The Attic “I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America, 1950-1990”.Read More
To get you in a suitably creepy mood for imminent Halloween 2013 celebration here are Top 3 carefully chosen and genuinely unsettling audio-visual experiences. David Lynch, Leyland Kirby and Dope Jams' Francis Englehardt and Paul Nickerson featured.Read More
Patrick Cowley was without a doubt one of the most important innovators of late-period disco. He has produced Sylvester (arguably his most popular records), came up with immortal 15+ minutes-long epic remix of "I Feel Loved" and singlehandedly invented serotonin-driven version of sped-up electronic disco tailored for early 80's underground gay clubs and known as HI-NRG.
Recently released "School Days" collection compiles his lesser-known early instrumental work to give a new spin on producer's trajectory to later success in re-imagining dance music.Read More
Laurel Halo is set to release her newest fully instrumental and live-improvisation based "Chance Of Rain" via her new home at Hyperdub. While having perceptible difficulty translating her vivid music to compelling performances Halo nevertheless found enough inspiration for a whole record based on them. In contrast to last year's "Quarantine" new album bypasses endurance test of the electronically-untreated vocal experiments and comes back to lush electronic textures of "Hour Logic" framed by reassured rhythm sensibility found on producer's latest 12" releases.
Read more and listen to preview inside.Read More
Martin Jenkins is yet another artist trying to escape the earlier success of his various projects being affiliated with British “nostalgia” movement of Ghost Box variety. His newest full-length "Bucolica", released this month under the guise of The House In The Woods, proves to achieve just that. With its astonishing sound design and compelling atmospherics the album is going to be one of 2012's best. Read more and listen to previews inside.Read More
This week UK's dance-music royalty Hyperdub will finally release Dj Rashad's anticipated "Double Cup". The album has all the features to become definitive statement for the genre known as juke. Something akin to what Goldie's "Timeless" was for jungle. While there may not be as much innovation or character as on last year's full-length by Traxman, "Double Cup" is likely to win more people over with it's banging pop-friendly vocal sampling acrobatics and drum'n'bass-inspired rhythms. The combo that has already proved its high efficacy earlier this year on Rashad's own "Rollin'" EP". Read more and listen to preview inside.Read More
Next week we'll finally get to hear the new album by Dominik Fernow's most talked about project Vatican Shadow. As ever it is thematically linked to post-9/11 paranoia and charts familiar, but still potent crossbreed of ambient techno, repetitive breakbeats churned-out by rudimentary drum machines and emotive darkwave synth drones. Previews are available for streaming inside.
Also not to miss are the new editions of selected cuts by Fernow's ambient and drone inclined alias Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement.Read More